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Related Companies, LargaVista partner to develop mixed-use tower in SoHo

LargaVista Companies, a second generation real estate development, management and investment firm, and Related Companies have formed a joint venture partnership for the development of 300 Lafayette in SoHo.

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The site is located at the gateway to the booming SoHo retail market, where Class A office space is scarce yet highly in demand.

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The site is located at the gateway to the booming SoHo retail market, where Class A office space is scarce yet highly in demand.

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Thu, 2014-02-13 10:53
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The seven-story building will be the product of LargaVista and Related Companies' partnership. Renderings courtesy of Arch Daily, LargaVista.
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The site is located at the gateway to the booming SoHo retail market, where Class A office space is scarce yet highly in demand.

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The Technology Report 2014: Top tech tools and trends for AEC professionals

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Advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, BIM/VDC, and more!

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In this special five-part report, Building Design+Construction explores how Building Teams throughout the world are utilizing advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, and breakthroughs in building information modeling to gain efficiencies and create better buildings. 

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Fri, 2014-02-14 09:15
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RMIT University's Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Neal Jennings
RMIT University's Design Hub, Melbourne, Australia. Photo: Neal Jennings
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In this special five-part report, Building Design+Construction explores how Building Teams throughout the world are utilizing advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, and breakthroughs in building information modeling to gain efficiencies and create better buildings. 

In this special five-part report, Building Design+Construction explores how Building Teams throughout the world are utilizing advanced robotics, 3D printers, drones, data-driven design, and breakthroughs in building information modeling to gain efficiencies and create better buildings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First look: Kentucky's Rupp Arena to get re-clad as part of $310M makeover

NBBJ and EOP Architects have revealed a $310 million plan to renovate Rupp Arena, home of the University Kentucky Wildcats.

The 38-year old arena will have its façade re-clad in glass up to 40 feet high. A new concourse will wrap around the stadium and provide expansive views both of Lexington, Ky., and the court, so patrons will be able to move around the building without missing any action.

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A new concourse will provide expansive views of both the action on the court and the city.

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Rupp Arena will get a 40-foot high glass façade and a new concourse, but will retain many of its iconic design elements.

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Fri, 2014-02-14 09:45
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The $310 million renovation will include a new façade, concourse, and upgraded facilities.
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Rupp Arena will get a 40-foot high glass façade and a new concourse, but will retain many of its iconic design elements.

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Channeling weather forecasts to building systems can yield significant energy savings

Using weather forecasts to predict outdoor temperature changes and channeling that information into commercial building management systems can produce significant energy savings, according to research at the University of Adelaide in Australia.

The data turns passive indoor systems into pre-emptive systems that anticipate the need for heating and cooling, saving more than 10% in energy costs, researchers say.

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The data turns passive indoor systems into pre-emptive systems that anticipate the need for heating and cooling.

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Using weather forecasts to predict outdoor temperature changes can lead to significant energy savings, exceeding 10%, researchers say.

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Mon, 2014-02-17 11:06
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Using weather forecasts to predict outdoor temperature changes can lead to significant energy savings, exceeding 10%, researchers say.

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Business, labor at odds over toughening of OSHA silica dust rule

A proposal from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to toughen the silica-dust rule has drawn sharp reactions from business and labor groups.

OSHA says the rules will protect construction workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually, but the National Federation of Independent Business and the National Industrial Sand Association say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs.

The AFL-CIO supports the rule.

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OSHA says the rules will protect workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually. Others say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs. 

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OSHA says the rules will protect workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually. Others say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs. 

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Mon, 2014-02-17 09:13
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OSHA says the rules will protect workers and prevent 700 fatalities annually. Others say the rules would hurt businesses and jobs. 

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Tulsa, Okla., mulls code change to require storm shelters in new schools

City councilors in Tulsa, Okla., are considering a proposed change to the city's building code that would require storm shelters in new school construction.

Building storm shelters in schools has become a major statewide issue after the May 20, 2013 tornado that killed seven children in a Moore, Okla., elementary school.

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State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

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State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

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Mon, 2014-02-17 08:23
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State and city officials are pushing for increased bonding capacity to pay for the storm shelters.

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Lawmakers may take away control of Florida hospital project from the VA

Some lawmakers are considering taking control of the Orlando Veterans Affairs Hospital project away from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The project is $100 million over budget and has missed its scheduled completion date.

Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) is reluctant to turn the project over to another government agency such as the Army Corps of engineers, however, and said he would consider hiring a private entity to assume control.

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The project is $100 million over budget and has missed its scheduled completion date.

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The project is $100 million over budget and has missed its scheduled completion date.

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Mon, 2014-02-17 10:32
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The project is $100 million over budget and has missed its scheduled completion date.

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Final call for entries! BUILDINGChicago 2014 call for educational proposals

The Advisory Committee of the BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland 2014 Conference is accepting proposals for presenters and topics through this Friday, March 14.

Now in its second year, the event is sponsored by Building Design+Construction magazine, AIA Chicago, the Builders Association, USGBC-Illinois, and the Greening the Heartland Committee. It will take place September 29-October 1, 2014, at North America’s largest LEED Gold-certified hotel, the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza.

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The second annual conference and exposition will take place September 29 - October 1, 2014 in Chicago. Proposals are due March 14, 2014.

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The Advisory Committee of the BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland 2014 Conference is accepting proposals for presenters and topics through this Friday, March 14.

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Wed, 2014-03-12 11:52
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The Advisory Committee of the BUILDINGChicago/Greening the Heartland 2014 Conference is accepting proposals for presenters and topics through this Friday, March 14.

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Illinois leads Top 10 states for LEED in annual USGBC ranking

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Mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia ranks high in annual Top 10.

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The U.S. Green Building Council has released its ranking of the Top 10 States for LEED, the world’s most widely used and recognized green building rating system.

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Tue, 2014-02-18 12:20
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The Illinois Holocaust Museum, in Skokie, is one of Illinois' recent LEED Gold p
The Illinois Holocaust Museum, in Skokie, is one of Illinois' recent LEED Gold projects. Architect: Stanley Tigerman. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
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Mid-Atlantic region of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia ranks high in annual Top 10.

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World's longest desk? Massive, undulating desk accommodates 145 office workers [video]

New York-based Barbarian Group wanted a collaborative work space--an office where all employees would be able to sit at a desk, but where they could still escape to creative work areas.

Clive Wilkinson was the architect who made their vision a reality, according to Business Insider.

The desk, made out of 4,400 sf of plywood and one continuous sheet of resin, is so big that all 145 employees can share it.

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Creative agency Barbarian Group says its new mega desk was cheaper than individual cubicles and desks.

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The desk is built from plywood and one continuous sheet of resin, and can serve all 145 office employees at once. 

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Thu, 2014-02-20 09:37
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The desk is big enough for use by all 145 of Barbarian Group's employees. Photos courtesy of Business Insider.
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The desk is built from plywood and one continuous sheet of resin, and can serve all 145 office employees at once. 

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